Starting the cooking experience at Ben Thanh Market is a great idea. Our facilitator provided many insights into how the market operates, explaining the layout, different food areas and food preparation techniques used by the sellers. She was happy to answer all questions, for us to take photos and for us to taste things (great, when you wouldn't usually want to try things that you can't recognise, or feel that you would have to buy in bulk).
Our cooking class had 5 people and although we were left alone to drink tea or eat our gourmet spring rolls a little longer than we needed, it gave us an opportunity to chat with the other participants which contributed to making the experience really memorable. The chef and facilitator were humourous and full of tips and useful information (such as which herbs are similar in Au) and the handbook given upon certification is full of interesting info, and itemises the dishes cooked. Would strongly recommend :)
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